Reaper Man (Discworld Series #11)

Reaper Man (Discworld Series #11)

by Terry Pratchett

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Overview

They say there are only two things you can count on. But that was before Death started pondering the existential. Of course,the last thing anyone needs is a squeamish Grim Reaper and soon his Discworld bosses have sent him off with best wishes anda well-earned gold watch. Now Deathis having the time of his life, findinggreener pastures where he can put hisscythe to a whole new use.

But like every cutback in an importantpublic service, Death's demise soon leads to chaos and unrest—literally, for those whose time was supposed to be up, like Windle Poons. The oldest geezer in the entire faculty of Unseen University—home of magic, wizardry, and big dinners—Windle was looking forward to a wonderful afterlife,not this boring been-there-done-that routine. To get the fresh start he deserves,Windle and the rest of Ankh-Morpork's undead and underemployed set off to find Death and save the world for the living(and everybody else, of course).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062237354
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 54,021
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sir Terry Pratchett was the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books, including his phenomenally successful Discworld series. His young adult novel, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal, and Where's My Cow?, his Discworld book for “readers of all ages,” was a New York Times bestseller. His novels have sold more than seventy five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. Named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature,” Pratchett lived in England. He died in 2015 at the age of sixty-six.

Hometown:

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

Education:

Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Reaper Man (Discworld Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WONDERFULLY++WONDERFUL++
sleepydumpling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little bit of a slow starter, but once it got going, lots of fun and an engaging story. I loved Miss Flitworth. And Lupine and Ludmilla (I have a thing for werewolves though). I think I will read more of the Discworld series soon.
mjmorrison1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reaper Man is the 11th book in the Discworld series and follows the adventures of Windle Poons, a recently deceased wizard and Death who has been sacked (Hence the possibility for adventures after death). I think Death is my favorite character in series and in this book I enjoyed his efforts to have a life. The other half of the book deals with the adventures of Windle Poons a who throws his own wake only to find death does not come to collect him. His attempt to properly finish the job are entertaining.
lpg3d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death is by far my favorite Discworld character.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of the good ones. Then again I like death, it's a good character. Some of the plot is hard to visulise- the life force oozing into things etc, especially towards the climax of the book, however as always it's about the characters and the humour and there is no shortage on both of these fronts in this book. Bill Door and Mrs Flitworth make an adorable couople and Windle Poons shows he has a lot more to offer in this book. Onwards to the next one I say!
Soulhaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In what series (of books, movies... whatever) is Death more loveable! When I first started buying Discworld novels, I would flip through them in the store, looking for the CAPS of Death's speech... those were my first purchases. Of course, I haven't been let down by the others, either.
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The bits with Death are very nice, as expected. The bits with the wizards are kind of annoying.
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death is my favorite character in the Discworld series up to now, and this book didn't disappoint. I had to laugh out loud a few times and thoroughly enjoyed myself the rest of the time.
Aldrea_Alien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So in this one Death (or Bill Door, whichever you like), has been given the sack and turns to reaping corn (you must admit, he¿s a lot of experience with a scythe) for an old woman while he waits for the new death. The way he reaps the corn one strand at a time had, to me, a reverential sort of feeling to it. Now Death has got to be my favourite character. I think it¿s the way he tries to understand our world and will, on occasion, get the wrong end of the stick. His time in the village is very much like this. Especially when it comes to the little girl there that can see exactly what he is.But it doesn¿t just focus on Death and the pastoral life. No, no. With no Death aren¿t dying ... that is to say, they are, but not in the typical sense. At least, not for humans. And there¿s the chaos with stuff that wasn¿t/hasn¿t been alive moving about.On top of this, there are the mysterious trolleys. Lots of them. They were quite amusing actually. They¿re like the seagulls in Finding Nemo. You could imagine the seagulls saying ¿Mine¿ all the time and you could, without much trouble, imagine trolleys wheeling themselves to some out-of-the-way place.The ending ... I kind of already knew the ending. At least the outcome for Death. What happened to the trolleys and the wizards was a whole different story.In short: I loved this.
jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the auditors decide that Death is taking too personal an interest in his job, they fire him. Until the new Death is constructed by conglomerate belief, no-one is collected. Meanwhile, Death gets a job as a farmhand.Terry's 'Death' character is possibly one of his most interesting. He starts as a shallow character whose motivation is to catch Rincewind, who keeps narrowly evading him. In 'Mort', we learn that he doesn't understand humans but is trying to. Here, he experiences mortality and consequently there is another shift in his understanding.An excellent read on many levels.
lecari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The next book in the Death series after 'Mort'. I really enjoyed this one. I love the Unseen University wizards anyway but I thought they were particularly funny in this one, and I loved Death as Bill Door! I found the trolleys really funny as well. A really good story, with lots of clever wit and laughter in it too.
Cauterize on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Death novels. Death is given his termination notice by the higher ups, and he decides to live his retirement on the Discworld. Meanwhile, the wizards at the University are investigating some mysteriously multiplying snowglobes that are showing up on campus. I thought anything to do with the Death storyline was absolutely hilarious, but that the wizard storyline lagged until near the end with the ¿Yo!¿ parts
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For a fan of movies starring the likes of Stalone & Schwarzenegger, this a comedy book for you! I have a special fondness for the books that feature Death, and he's one of the main stars of this book. With all the stuff that goes on during the day, these books of puns, humour, and parody, are a delightful escape.
barpurple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first Discworld novel I read and the reason I fell in love with the pancake world.Death is fired by the Auditors of Reality and that causes all manner of problems for Windle Poons and everyone else on the Disc who was schedualed for their Final Appointment.There's two storylines that run side by side and intertwine. One follows Windle Poons, wizard deceased, and the mystery of the snowglobes. The other follows Death as he learns to cope with this human concept called time and the importance of the harvest.It's laugh out loud funny in places and well worth a read.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In which Death takes forced retirement and acquires time, the Auditors cause much drama, death (lower case D) backs up and life overflows, a dead wizard takes a hand in his own afterlife, and predatory seeds infest Ankh-Morpork. One of my favorite Discworld novels, and the one in which Death of Rats first appears. Funny and pointed, and I discovered new details while re-reading, as always.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this quite difficult to get into, like many of the other books starring Death. Not quite as many laughs as the others.
Zommbie1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Death is given time and goes off to use it. Chaos ensues because without death life cannot move on and in classic Discworld manner life hangs around.My Thoughts: I think I read my first Discworld novel about ten years ago and it was instant love, and the character I fell the most in love with was Death. Death has always been a bit different from how death should be, sure he has a hood, carries a scythe and is a bit of a skelington* but he also has a contemplative side and he does have family.When the auditors decide that Death has become a personality contrary to regulations they give him time. And in typical Death manner he goes off to use it. He becomes farm hand Bill Door. Deaths absence as, well...Death, leads to problems for the other Discworld inhabitants, amongst them the Wizards at the Unseen University (or UU one of the few reasons I considered going to Uppsala University was the acronym UU). The Wizards are, erm...special people. Very set in their ways as befits proper Wizards and when one of their own fails to move on they set about solving the problem. However, when Wizards solve problems this tends to create other problems.Pratchett has a way of seeing society in a way that you yourself could not but when he writes it down you go "oh yeah, of course". One of these incidences comes at the beginning of the book when the Wizards are throwing Windle Poons a death party. It reminded me strongly of the leaving parties that pop up occasionally at work, where everyone pretends to like the person and hope them well but secretly just want to get on with their own lives. The forced jollyness is always palpable.As with any Pratchett book it is hard to explain what happens without giving away the whole story but I will say that I haven't laughed this much over a book in absolutely ages.
rincewind1986 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death gets fired from his job as death for having to much of a personality and ends up working as a farm hand. Just death trying to live in the real world, and all the mistakes he makes, because the world is so strange, this is just by far and away my favourite diskworld novel.
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite Pratchett Discworld offerings to date. Containing probably my second favorite character (first favorite being a certain cranky box with hundreds of little legs).
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reaper Man nicely evolves Death's character arc. This was the first Discworld book I ever read, and although I was a bit confused, the added backstory helped me to appreciate Death in his appearances throughout the rest of the series.
gercmbyrne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett is a god who walks among men. The entire Discworld series is a joy and only a strange mad creature cursed by gods and man would refuse to read and love these books!Death is made redundant, and takes himself off to experience a little life before well, the End. Of Everything. But he finds himself enjoying life among the mortals and a feeling that life is too precious to waste stirs him to rebellion!
Greatrakes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Death takes a holiday book, the first and best, and the Genesis of the Death of Rats.
EdgarS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A whimsically comical yet philosophical novel set on the stage of the satiric Discworld.
johnthefireman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As funny as ever. This one concentrates on Death. And supermarket trolleys.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terry really hits his stride on this one. It is readable on two completely different levels. Firstly and most obviously - what happens when Death takes a break (without an apprentice this time)? People get killed but they don't die. 130yr old Wizard Windle Poons comes back to life as one of the undead. Life energy builds up in the city of Ankh Morpock and all sorts of things start to happen. Meanwhile Death helps bring in the harvest and learns some more of what it means to be human.The other level almost independant of the plot is a parable against modern corporate business practise. Shopping malls prey on the city's life, and the doom of independant thought appears as auditors. Sixpence may well be sixpence but each stalk of corn is unique and should be appreciated by those who cut it short, not mown down in the face of progress.Interspersed are the numerous trademark jokes and references to other events, Indiana Jones, a poor pun in French etc.Great fun, one of my favourites.